Pre-launch of Scholars at Risk Network’s Free to Think 2019 report & a conversation with Mansoureh Behkish
Friday, November 15, 2019 – 11:15
Irish Centre for Human Rights, Seminar Room, NUI Galway
Free to Think is an annual report by Scholars at Risk’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project, analysing reported attacks on higher education communities, including violent attacks, wrongful imprisonment and prosecution of scholars, pressures on student expression, and threats to institutional autonomy over a 12-month period.
Mansoureh Behkish is a women’s rights activist and currently a Scholar at Risk (SAR) based in the Irish Centre for Human Rights (ICHR). She is part of the Mothers of Khavaran (Iran) and an activist amongst the Mothers of Laleh Park (Iran). As a supporter of non-violent resistance and a Human Rights Defender she has spent the past three decades empowering survivors and victims of human rights abuses. As a result of her work she has faced continuous harassment, confiscation of her passport and violation of her right to travel and three terms of imprisonment. Mansoureh will share her story and her engagement with SAR.
We welcome you to join us at this free event!